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September 27th, 2013

#SecurityTips Contest: The best of the round 3.

The third round of the AVAST contest has ended. So far we have received outstanding 3500 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

Security on Social Media is extremely important to us. Therefore during Round 3, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip:

Make sure only your friends can see your timeline and post, by using the security options on most social media websites. ~ Chris O.

Tip 2. #SecurityTip:

To stay safe on social media, think twice before you share something, for example some epic party photos.  And double check your security and privacy settings on Facebook.~ Daw I. Read more…

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September 26th, 2013

How to avoid becoming a phone scam victim

HELLO. This is Microsoft tech support and we have detected a serious virus in your computer and we need you to log on right away so we can help you.

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Have you ever received a phone call like this, without actually requesting support? The call itself should already raise your suspicions. However, when you are asked to provide your personal data or credit card credentials, warning lights should be flashing.

Recently journalists, bloggers, and even Microsoft itself warned against the “Microsoft calling scam.” The Microsoft phone scam is just one example of thousands of similar offers reported daily. Scammers can be very creative and do not hesitate to take advantage of people’s trust. They are well prepared and trained, so we need to beware and ready to react fast.

What should raise you suspicions?

  • You receive a call with an offer of a service you never requested
  • You receive a call / email / social media message claiming you won a prize from a contest you have never participated in
  • The person contacting you is very insistent and wants you to provide access to your personal data or pay in order to receive support or a prize
  • The person contacting you doesn’t provide his/her full contact details
  • The person contacting you requests access to your PC, personal information, or credit card.

What to do, if you suspect it’s a scam

  • Ask how they got your number or contact information Read more…
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September 20th, 2013

1700 #SecurityTips in the AVAST contest. The best of round 2.

The second round of the AVAST contest has ended with a phenomenal result of 1700 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

During Round 2, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip: Read through the app permissions to make sure they make sense and correspond to what the app actually does example: an alarm app does not require a permission to access your text messages. ~ Aleksandar G.

Tip 2. Don’t send personal data over public wireless networks – at cafés. Public wireless networks may or may not be secure and there is a risk that others may be able to capture data sent over these networks ~ Laima Kulikajevienė  Read more…

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September 17th, 2013

Virus lab: team building

Many of you might wonder how the avast! Virus Lab works. Who are those guys sitting behind the computers and analyzing malicious files? Well let us unveil some of the virus lab secrets and break some stereotypes at the same time:

1. The avast! Virus Lab team doesn’t work in a laboratory. :)

2. Virus analytic professionals are real, nice human beings, not robots. :)

3. Yes, there are also ladies in the virus lab team (although these pictures don’t prove that.) :)

4. They like to have fun and socialize! :)

Proof that they really exist

Here’s a challenge for you – the first person to discover the Director of the avast! Virus Lab will receive a one year free license of avast! Premier! Please respond in the comments section of this blog.

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September 16th, 2013

Seeking perfection

avast! 2014: comming soonAVAST antivirus developers strive for perfection in malware detection. Cybercriminals do not rest with their evil schemes to take advantage – mostly economical – over poor users. Always, but especially since version 8 of AVAST, we have improved the detection of recently discovered malware by trying to identify them before our users are threatened.

The AutoSandbox technology allows suspect processes to run inside of the avast! Sandbox, which is a completely isolated environment from where nothing can leave, trapping an eventual infection and blocking further harm to the system.

The AutoSandbox is used to monitor all files and Windows Registry operations

  • that attempt to hook into running processes
  • make changes in system components
  • exploit and hide network connections
  • attempt to disable the antivirus protection or Windows firewall, and so on.

The fundamental engine of this process are the generic virus signatures. They are like the fingerprints of a virus which allow them to be discovered. AVAST adds nearly 2,000 virus signatures each day to its virus definition updates. Generally, a single signature can identify multiple malware. A single malware can also be detected by several of the virus definitions of our database. Through our avast! CommunityIQ, almost 200 million users worldwide give us up-to-date information and we detect more than 50,000 new infections daily. The number of different malware analyzed daily by our Virus Lab reaches 40,000.

DeepScreen for potential threats Read more…

September 13th, 2013

AVAST #SecurityTip contest: The best of round 1

The first round of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest has ended. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

During Round 1, we asked participants the following question:

 

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep kids stay safe online. Here they are:

Tip 1. Listen up, kids. NEVER give your password away, even to your “best friend”. ~Sheila E.

Tip 2. Never accept requests from strangers. Always alert parents when strangers want to contact you or chat with you on-line. ~Patricia H.

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September 4th, 2013

How to keep your Windows system running like new

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The top active members in one of our largest and most active communities, the AVAST forum, are called evangelists. These evangelists are technically skilled people who love to help and guide our users, free or paid, through the technology and security jungle. They try to keep things simple for all levels and in this blog, they want to share with you how to keep your Windows system running like new indefinitely. Isn’t it a dream of all of us? Let’s go!

A clean machine is a fast machine

  • Keep your computer clean and vents unobstructed: If it overheats the performance decreases. If you haven’t looked at the bottom of your computer since you took it out of the box, chances are that the vents are filled with dust bunnies. Turn off your computer and carefully use your vacuum cleaner attachment to suck the dust out.
  • Clean your disk of temporary files and defragment to help with your computer performance. We suggest CCleaner for both file and Windows Registry cleaning. It’s safe and removes registry entries left behind after simple uninstallation of programs. Windows has a built-in defragmenter and there are many other free ones on the internet.
  • RAM (memory) is cheap nowadays and worth every cent you pay for the memory sticks, especially if you use memory-intensive programs like Photoshop or a video editor. Before you try to give your machine a faster, smoother ride, you need to know your hardware limits.

Multi-tasking slows you (and your machine) down

  • Keep in mind that you do not need to multi-task all the time or, in other words, do not run many programs at the same time. For multi-tasking,  split your work between your smartphone or tablet, for instance, listen to music, browse or read mail on your tablet while you work on an your laptop. Read more…
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August 10th, 2013

The AVAST community helps!

thankyou_blogOn July 30, we established the avast! Mobile Beta Testers Google+ community for advanced users to help us test the new BETA version of our Android protection. It was the first time we used a social network to make our product available for testing.

The goal was to look for potential bugs and errors and report it to our developers. We did not expect such great feedback from your side. Our Google + community gathered Android fans and advanced users from all over the world. Within less than two weeks, the beta testers reached almost 1,500 members and the testing process was extremely successful! Parallel testing took place on the AVAST forum, where AVAST evangelists have been helping us and other users by providing technical support, security tips,  participating in BETA tests, as well as suggesting further product improvements.

We would like to take this opportunity to give public thanks to all testers from the avast! Mobile Beta Testers Google+ community and the AVAST forum for your time, valuable feedback, engagement and help in improving our product.  Reinhard Holzner, Managing Director at AVAST Software Österreich GmbH, responsible for a development of the product sends our beta testers a special thanks:

Dear beta testers!
A week has passed – WOW, that fast! The beta test has now officially ended, and we’ll prepare for release.

About the beta test itself: It was great, and your feedback was SO valuable! We found several significant bugs we would not have found without you. Thank you in the name of our team and in the name of all customers who you helped to save from trouble, for your support!

Here is a short list of problems discovered, thanks to your feedback:

  • Issue with the new billing system
  • Identified various bugs resulting in crashes
  • Issue related to logging to the Google Drive in the avast! Mobile Backup
  • Issue while taking pictures in Anti-theft

Since it was our debut testing an AVAST product on Google+, we would like to express our appreciation and special thanks to: 

  • Bruce B.
  • Mohamed M.
  • Anel H.
  • Kevin P.
  • Michael N.
  • Geovani S.
  • Rajarshi S.
  • Udo B.
  • Rahul J.
  • Michael W.
  • Arthur G.
  • Omar T.
  • Danny S.
  • Michael N.
  • Irek K.
  • Steven S.
  • Johnny J.
  • Matt B.
  • Mark A.
  • Pauline S.
  • Markus F.
  • Alexandre D.
  • Lisandro C.

Please note that our community on Google+ will remain active for future tests, product improvements, and suggestions. Please feel free to leave your feedback to our developers there as well as on our forum.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun, and contest information, please follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Instagram.

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August 9th, 2013

CALIFORNIA benefiting the most from AVAST Free for Education program

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Dear Tom Torlakson
(and the California Department of Education),

 

I’d like to personally congratulate you:  CALIFORNIA is now the number 1 state benefiting the most from our AVAST Free for Education program! (surpassing Illinois)

 

Over 160 Californian schools, school districts, libraries and universities – the most from any one State – use our free computer antivirus security.   In total, we are protecting some quarter of a million computers and over 10,000 servers for  over  1 million students and faculties in California districts such as San Diego Community College District, Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools,  Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Huntington Beach City School District and others.  Combined,  this has saved the schools in California over $5 million per year, money that can be better invested in the children’s future.  And I’m sure we will do even better! ;)

 

So Tom,
How about we schedule a lunch for when we’ve doubled that saving?  Agree? ;)
Please get in touch.

 

With best regards,
Milos Korenko

AVAST Marketing Director
korenko at avast.com
www.avast.com/education

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July 24th, 2013

Urausy Lockscreen: Your computer will remain locked for 3 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes!

Yes, if your computer gets infected by Urausy Lockscreen, it will get locked. Luckily, not forever! Avast protects you against it. In this blogpost we will introduce an infamous lockscreen called Urausy. We will look at its special anti-debugging and anti-reverse engineering tricks, at its communication protocol, and determine what the conditions (if any) are for self-deleting from the compromised system.

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